AGI Is When AI Requires Less Training Data, But More On 'Reasoning Capabilities'

Sam Altman
CEO of OpenAI, former president of Y Combinator

When someone is knowledgeable, it doesn't always mean that the person is smart. This goes down to the way the possessed knowledge is put into good use.

If the person knows a lot of things, but cannot relate the knowledge properly to solve real-life problems, that knowledge is useless.

In other words, It is not enough to simply know things, because one must also be able to use that knowledge effectively. And this also applies to AI.

OpenAI has a number of AI products, including its world-famous ChatGPT, and that its generative AIs have been devouring data from the internet and other datasets.

But to transform ChatGPT from an ANI to AGI requires more than just data.

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Sam Altman.
Sam Altman.

Altman has become one of the most visionary CEO in the AI field, and he has been sharing his opinions regarding the potential AI-powered future.

His thoughts came following ChatGPT's hype, and how the public was wowed by it.

The technology allows things that are otherwise difficult, or impossible, up to the point that it can replace some jobs.

Technologies like ChatGPT allow companies and organizations to do the same work, but with less money.

The gap between what a human can do and what ChatGPT is capable of is narrowing.

But to advance further and become smarter, ChatGPT should be able to reason.

According to OpenAI CEO Sam Altman in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, that way can make machines achieve multifaceted intelligence that defines the human intellect.

"The future might see AI models requiring less training data, focusing more on their reasoning capabilities."

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This statement from Altman doesn't just suggest a technical shift, but according to him, AGI is when an AI's thought and how it processes information mirrors human logic and intuition.

Altman defines AGI as "a system that can generalize across many domains that would be equivalent to human work."

Achieving this state has become OpenAI’s priority to the point that it even changed its vision and ethical principles to fit this endeavor.

Since 2018, OpenAI has been trying to develop not just AI products, but also advancing the technology to achieve AGI.

The term was once something that came out of a dream. But since ChatGPT shows generative AI's intuitive understanding, abstraction and opinion-forming, that dream may soon become a reality.

For all this time, humanity thinks that no intelligence can be present without consciousness, and that machines can never be sentient.

And technologies like ChatGPT have raised profound philosophical questions, that may be able to debunk the myths.

"We obviously only want to use data that people are excited about us using—we want the model of this new world to work for everyone [...] It may be a new way that we think about some of these issues around data ownership and how economic flows work."

"I think AGI will be the best tool humanity has yet created. With it, we will be able to solve all sorts of problems. We'll be able to express ourselves in new creative ways."